The original article can be found in the April 2014 issue of Seventeen magazine or here online.
In the original article in the magazine, three familiar faces are places in the right bottom corner. Katy Perry says, “I’m not a feminist.” Kelly Clarkson claims, “I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist–that’s too strong. I think when people hear ‘feminist’ it’s just like, ‘Get out of my way, I don’t need anyone'”. Carrie Underwood states, “I wouldn’t go as far as to say I’m a feminist–that can come off as a negative connotation”.
Before I continue explaining the negatives of these stars, I would love to applaud Seventeen for writing a very informative article on feminism and all the feminists mentioned for standing up for this wonderful cause, especially Lorde. I think the pictures showing why girls need feminism (Selena Gomez, Beyonce, and Lorde share their opinions, 3 girls write posters) is perfect. Beyonce addresses the problem that “we need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality”. The biggest female role model of the 21st century could not have stated that better. It is wonderful to know that we have such an amazing person on our side.
Seventeen explains feminism the best. They use Lorde as an example of being true to herself, wearing “black-cherry lips” and dark dresses, but there is also nothing wrong with “loving pink, flirting with boys, and doing all those more traditionally femme things.” That is all feminism is- “You do you”. Seventeen further explains the other things girls/women can do to be feminists, which include “forgetting the haters” and “be a girl superfan”.
Seriously, feminism is NOT empowering women because we bring down men. Feminism IS empowering women by building our confidence and making us feel comfortable for doing the things we like. The most important thing is that we aim to eliminate the primitive competition to be better than other girls, for whatever reason we may have. If you are a girl, you cannot deny that you have not felt, at least once in your life, the need to be superior in appearance than other girls.
Now back to the three “non-feminists”. A post on Tumblr has been spreading, regarding these women’s idiotic views. If you share the same ideals of empowering women as feminists, but you do not call yourself a feminist because it has “a negative connotation”, “men do not like it”, “feminists who only want to bring down men”, or any other reason, YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT A FEMINIST. You refuse to believe the true meaning of feminism and you let the patriarchy define and ruin this social movement. You are doing the things that feminism does not want you to do, and this means that you do not believe in the empowerment of women because you do not trust them to define feminism.
tl;dr Seventeen is amaizyng.